Redshirt freshman wide receiver Joe Craig has been suspended from the Clemson football team and will not be allowed to participate in voluntary summer workouts, coach Dabo Swinney announced Tuesday.
Craig was previously suspended from competition with the track team on May 24 due to a violation of team rules. “Joe Craig has been suspended from the football team for the summer workout period,” Swinney said. “Because this is a serious on-campus student issue, there is a process that he will have to go through from a university standpoint. I respect the process and will fully support whatever the university decides to do. We will react from a football standpoint after that process has run its course, but I cannot comment any further at this time on the details of this specific issue.”
Craig and female track athlete Marlena Wesh were involved in an altercation last month that left both students injured, according to a Clemson University police report.
Both Craig and Wesh have declined to press charges and an assault and battery complaint has been withdrawn.
Clemson University police responded to a campus area apartment May 22 to find Wesh bleeding from the forehead. Craig was located in a car near the apartment with a deep laceration to his arm, requiring an officer to tie a shirt around his arm to slow the bleeding until emergency medical personnel arrived, the report said.
Wesh told officers that she and Craig had argued at a party earlier that night. She said Craig later showed up at her apartment and that she "feared for her safety."
The police report says Wesh struck Craig with an eyebrow razor and Craig then struck her with a towel rod.